MN State News

GOP Rep. Dean opens gubernatorial bid with health care focus

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Matt Dean announced Thursday that he's running for governor in 2018. Nearly a dozen candidates are already in the running to replace Gov. Mark Dayton as both parties scramble to fill the seat after the two-term Democratic governor leaves office. ...

Minnesota power plant that burns turkey litter faces closure

BENSON, Minn. (AP) — A plant in western Minnesota that burns turkey litter for power and was once heralded by politicians could soon be shutting down. Reed Anfinson, who serves on the city of Benson's economic development authority, told Minnesota Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2qciTEX ) that ...

Police: Man pepper-sprayed autistic man eating free cookies

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A former security guard faces charges after allegedly pepper-spraying an autistic man who was eating free cookies at a Minnesota grocery store. Timothy Knutsen of St. Paul is charged with two misdemeanor counts of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct for the ...

Man charged in Church of Scientology fire in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 36-year-old man is charged with felony arson for allegedly setting fire to a library at the Church of Scientology in downtown St. Paul last week. Prosecutors charged Anthony Odell Johnson with first-degree arson in Ramsey County court on Monday. The judge set bail at ...

Midwest timber industry welcomes tariffs on Canadian lumber

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The upper Midwest timber industry is welcoming the Trump administration's announcement that it's imposing tariffs averaging 20 percent on softwood lumber entering the United States from Canada. The industry has been struggling in ...

Minnesota police chiefs honor officer who shot mall attacker

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — An Avon police officer who shot and killed an attacker at a central Minnesota mall last September has been honored by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. Officer Jason Falconer received the association's Officer of the Year award Monday night. Falconer, a ...

Bridge project in southeast Minnesota on schedule, budget

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — The rehabilitation of a bridge in southeast Minnesota is expected to finish on time and on budget after the state transportation department ordered it closed nearly nine years ago due to dangerous corrosion. The re-opening of the 75-year-old Interstate Bridge in Winona ...

House Republicans pass abortion bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has passed legislation that would increase restrictions on abortions in Minnesota. The bills, passed on the strength of Republican votes, require abortion providers to obtain permits from the state's health department and would ban the use of state ...

Wild’s Staal has concussion from head-first crash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal has a concussion from his head-first crash into the boards. Fortunately, the dangerous collision didn't damage him further than that. He knew it looked bad enough that, when he greeted his wife soon after, he apologized to her for ...

Minnesota measles outbreak grows to 20 cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials say an outbreak of measles has grown to 20 cases. The Minnesota Department of Health said Monday that eight new infections have been confirmed. The cases have all occurred within the Somali-American community in Hennepin County. Officials are ...

Minneapolis mayor opens up about sexual abuse as a child

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she was sexually abused as a child. The mayor made the revelation Monday on a Facebook page called "Break the Silence Day" to support victims of sexual abuse. Hodges writes she was abused for years by adults not related to her, and ...

Minnesota man accused of trying to kidnap woman

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man is accused of trying to abduct a woman he did not know. Prosecutors Monday charged 34-year-old Michael Harker of Scandia with kidnapping and false imprisonment. Harker is accused of trying to abduct a woman in Willernie Thursday. Authorities say the ...

Minnesota House votes for tougher restrictions on abortion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers sought tougher restrictions on abortions Monday, approving two bills in the House that would bar the use of state funds for abortion services and create a state permitting system for abortion facilities. They face a tough path through Democratic ...

1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China had approved it for imports. The lawsuits allege that ...

Duluth neighborhood improves with commercial development

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — An effort has begun to brand an old blue-collar Duluth neighborhood as a collection of like-minded businesses, to not only sell more goods, but to help rebuild the neighborhood with jobs and commerce. There have been at least 25 commercial real estate transactions in the ...

Minnesota farmers begin planting under optimal weather

GARDEN CITY, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers are heading into their fields for spring planting in a tight window of opportunity in which soil moisture, temperatures and sunshine optimum yields. Ideal planting time for corn is between April 21 and May 5, and after May 5 for soybeans, the ...

American Crystal Sugar Co. hoping for smooth contract talks

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Officials with American Crystal Sugar Co. are hoping to have a contract settled with employees within the next month. KFGO radio reports (http://bit.ly/2p6kx8d) that the contract workers will receive $2,000 bonuses if a deal is reach by May 22. Crystal Sugar spokeswoman ...

Honor guard formed for North Dakotan killed during search

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About two dozen Minneapolis area firefighters and police officers have volunteered for honor guard duties for a dive team member who died in Texas while on an emergency call and is heading home for burial in her native North Dakota. Forty-six-year-old Lori Pohanka-Kalama ...

Man missing after boat accident on St. Croix River

BAYPORT, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man is missing after a boat accident on the St. Croix River near Bayport. Washington County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Brad Marquardt says authorities responded to a call about 2:50 a.m. Sunday. Marquardt says a man and woman were on the boat when it began ...

Minnesota seeks injunction against Fargo-Moorhead flood plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has asked a federal judge to block construction of a $2.1 billion flood control project in the Fargo-Moorhead area until it issues permits for the project. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday in Horace, North Dakota, at the site of a planned inlet ...

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